Maureen Abar, 82, of Holiday City - Berkeley in Toms River, NJ, passed away on Friday, May 18, 2018. Born Maureen Wigfall in Montclair, NJ, she grew up in East Orange, NJ and graduated from East Orange High School. Following graduation, she worked in the Accounting Department at Bell Telephone. She married James Abar in 1958 and they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this past February. Prior to moving to Toms River in 2000, she lived in Bloomfield, NJ and was a Claims Examiner for Chubb Insurance. Maureen was an active member of the Holiday City - Berkeley community. She was in the Bocce Club and served as Treasurer for several years. She also participated in two bowling leagues. She enjoyed singing and was a member of the Melodiers singing group as well as the choir at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Toms River, where she was a parishioner. Maureen is survived by her husband, James Abar, her three children, Sharon Abar of Long Beach, CA, Kenneth Abar and his wife Tracy of Scotch Plains, NJ and Kathleen (Abar) Whaley and her husband Louis of Woodbury, NJ; her grandchildren, Dylan and Jamie Abar, and Samantha Whaley; and her brother-in-law, Joseph Scaturro of West Orange, NJ. She will be greatly missed. The family will receive friends on Monday, May 21st from 2-6 pm at the Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals, 145 St. Catherine Blvd., Toms River. Funeral services and a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Tuesday, May 22nd at 11 am at St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, 685 Hooper Ave., Toms River followed by a procession to the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Wrightstown, NJ. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.ryanfuneralhome.com.
Katie M. Walsh (nee Piontek), age 30, of Roseto, PA, passed away Thursday, May 17, 2018. Born in Livingston, NJ, she grew up in Toms River, NJ and lived in Lacey, NJ before recently moving to Pennsylvania. Katie was a Dental Assistant at AC Dental, Toms River then worked at CVS in Barnegat, NJ and Bangor, PA. She is survived by her children, Grayson and Faith, her mother and step father Rochelle Spallone and Joseph Spallone, her father and step mother Frederick Piontek and Donna Piontek, her paternal grandmother Tesse Piontek, a brother Ricky Piontek, and six sisters Chrissy Piontek, Lori Ortiz, Natalie Piontek, Jodie Otto, Stefanie Lichtman and Patty Bonilla. The family will receive relatives and friends Tuesday 2-4 & 7-9pm with a funeral service to be offered at 7:30pm at the Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals, 145 St. Catherine Blvd., Toms River. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.ryanfuneralhome.com.
Crystal Ann Vernon 34 of Hazlet, NJ died on Monday May 14, 2018. Born in Toms River, NJ she lived in Lakewood, NJ before moving to Hazlet. She was a Banquet Waitress for Jacques Catering in Middletown, NJ. For those that knew her, were fortunate to bathe in the heavenly light that was given off by her heart. She is predeceased by her father James D. III and her brother James D. IV. Surviving is her daughter Kayla Ann; her mother Deborah “Honey” Vernon and step father Chris; her Grandmother Lilly Yacovelli and God mother and Aunt Yvonne Yacovelli. There will be a Memorial Gathering for Crystal on Saturday May 26, 2018 from 2-4pm with a 3pm Service at the Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals 145 St Catherine Blvd Toms River, NJ. Committal will be private. Donations to the family for Kayla’s education would be appreciated. Condolences may be sent by visiting www.ryanfuneralhome.com
Catherine T. Pignataro, 89, of Holiday City West, Berkeley Twp., NJ, passed away Sunday, May 13, 2018 at home. Born in Brooklyn, NY, she lived in Ramsey, NJ before moving to Berkeley Twp. over 20 years ago. Catherine was a Billing/Payroll Supervisor at Dover Elevator in Jersey City, NJ. She was a parishioner of St. Maximilian Kolbe RC Church, Berkeley Twp. and was a member of the Holiday City West Women’s Club. Catherine was also a volunteer at Community Medical Center, Toms River. In addition, she was recently honored for being one of the World War II “Rosie the Riveter’s.” She was predeceased by her husband, Michael Pignataro, in 2000. Catherine is survived by her two children, Joyce Fatovich and her husband Chris of Waretown, NJ, Michael Pignataro and his wife Mary Ann of West Kingston, RI, a sister Dolores Stenz of Wilmington, NC, a granddaughter Laura Ratte and her husband Jason, a great grandson Mason, and a great granddaughter on the way, Emma. The family will receive friends Thursday 2-4 & 7-9pm at the Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals, 145 St. Catherine Blvd., Toms River. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Friday 9:30am St. Maximilian Kolbe RC Church, Berkeley Twp. Burial to follow at Maryrest Cemetery, Mahwah, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice, 1130 Hooper Ave., Toms River, NJ 08753 www.cchnet.net or Disabled American Veterans, PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250 www.dav.org. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.ryanfuneralhome.com.